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Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested Thursday that congressional Republicans stop desperately sucking up to the liberal men and women who loathe their guts.
Speaking on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” he made the remarks hours after the Republican-led Georgia State Senate failed to take up a measure that would have stripped Delta Air Lines of a tax break reportedly worth millions.
The measure was passed by the Republican-led Georgia State House as a rebuke of the corporation’s interference in Georgia’s election politics.
The remarks by Carlson were made amid a broader lesson about how the Republican Party “has to figure out what it is and what it should be.”
“Is it going to be the GOP of 2006, foreign wars plus corporate tax cuts, the party of John Boehner and Liz Cheney? That’s what it’s been for a long time. Or will it become or is it already something very different from that — something new and potentially much broader than what it was?” the lesson began.
Listen to the full lesson below:
(Video: Fox News)
What he was getting at is that the Republican Party has the chance to stop being the party of big business and Wall Street — and start being the party of the people.
In some ways, this has already happened thanks to former President Donald Trump, who drew countless blue-collar workers into the GOP in 2016 as the Democrat Party began tilting more and more toward the powerful and elite. He did the same thing in 2020.
“Trump defied expectations by winning the largest share of non-white voters of any Republican since 1960. This ranged from modest gains among African American men, to major swings in party preference within working-class Latino communities,” The Guardian reported days after the 2020 presidential election.
Some Republicans see the writing on the wall. In a memo written to his fellow Republicans this week, Indiana Rep. Jim Banks noted that the future of the party lies in embracing the “working-class voters” who Trump gave as a “gift” to them.
Working-class voters who in turn gave back “bigly” last year.
“Seventy-nine percent of mechanics who gave in the last election gave to the Republican, Donald Trump. So did 60 percent of small business owners and 59 percent of custodians to the Republican Party,” according to Carlson.
“The Democratic Party meanwhile has now solidified its position as the party of entrenched power. Ninety-four percent of college professors gave to Joe Biden. So much for diversity on campus. So did 73 of bankers,” he added.
View Banks’ memo below:
What’s notable is that the numbers used to be the exact opposite.
“As recently as 2012, Wall Street donors gave more than three times as much to the Republicans as they did to the Democrats. It was the party of Wall Street for generations, but it isn’t anymore. Last year Joe Biden took in four times as much from the finance establishment as Donald Trump,” Carlson noted.
Even socialist Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders admitted last year that his party has become a “party of coastal elites.”
Bernie Sanders on Seth Meyers show: «I think it is fair to say that in many ways the Democratic Party has become a party of the coastal elites» <snip> «I think for many, many years the Democratic Party has not paid the kind of attention to working-class needs that they should’ve» pic.twitter.com/MWZxg6IV4s
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The question now becomes “how should the Republican Party respond to these facts,” and this is where the issue of “woke” corporations comes into play.
“For starters, how about stop sucking up to the people who hate you? Corporate America has gone mostly hard left, so stop doing their bidding. Don’t help the people who want to hurt you. And then when you get a minute, start representing and defending your own voters,” Carlson implored.
“Find the people who vote for you, and do something for them. The issues aren’t complicated. We know what they’re interested in. Control the border, demand fair trade deals, fight the power of big tech, stand up for small business. And as you do all this, denounce ‘wokeness’ as the moral atrocity that it is,” he added.
A good start might have been the measure in Georgia that was passed by the state House to push back on Delta chief execute Ed Bastian for smearing the state’s reasonable, common-sense election reforms.
But as reported by The Hill, the measure went nowhere: “The provision did not pass the state Senate, so Delta will keep its tax break.”
This is not a good start …
Though according to Carlson, it’s not too late — and in fact, it’ll never be too late so long as Democrats keep catering to the country’s elite.
“The Democrats’ agenda is now shaped entirely by corporate interests and radical elite cultural mores, but they still rely on many blue-collar voters. That is not sustainable. It can’t continue,” he said.
Actually, it can and will continue, unless Republicans seize the moment.
Like Banks wrote as a conclusion to his memo: “Democrats will keep alienating working-class voters because that’s what their donors demand, and Republicans should welcome those voters with open arms by fully embracing an agenda that is worthy of their support.”
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